Issued: 19 August 2015
Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced $2.2 million in funding over three years to enhance bushfire mitigation in New South Wales, as part of the Commonwealth's National Bushfire Mitigation Programme.
New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott welcomed the contribution and said the New South Wales Government and other organisations would match the $2.2 million.
Mr Keenan said it was vital the Commonwealth partner with New South Wales to better prepare local communities for bushfires through enhanced mitigation.
"Bushfires are a fact of life in Australia and they can be devastating for the communities in their path," Mr Keenan said.
"We're funding projects that will help to minimise risks to communities from bushfires and reduce the costs of reconstruction and recovery.
"The Commonwealth's partnership with New South Wales reflects our shared focus on reducing the financial burden of natural disasters."
Minister Elliott said the funding is being provided to support activities that are important to New South Wales through a local grants program that will enable bushfire mitigation strategies to enhance community protection and reduce local bushfire risk.
On behalf of all states and territories, New South Wales will also support delivery of the National Burning Project by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, to strengthen bushfire threat mapping and risk mitigation activities nationally.
"This is part of a commitment to ensure firefighters have the resources they need to protect communities and help increase our resilience against the impact of fires," Mr Elliott said.
The $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme delivers on a Coalition Government election commitment to cement Commonwealth partnership with all States and Territories to build on their existing bushfire management practices and implement strategies to address bushfire risks.